Metaphor of Politics: A Mechanism of Coalition Formation

R. Sorbello, A. Chella, and R. C. Arkin

Hybrid Multi-Agent Architectures support mobile robot colonies moving in dynamic, unpredictable and time varying environments to achieve collective team-oriented behaviors for solving complicate and difficult tasks. The development of a new coalition formation and coordination framework for robot colonies in dangerous, unknown and dynamic environment is outlined. The name of this new framework is Metaphor of Politics (MP), and it loosely takes inspiration from the political organizations of democratic governments. The main characteristic of the proposed framework lies in its dynamic reconfigurability in order to adapt the robot colony to environmental changes.

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